Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward suffered a severe leg injury six minutes into the first quarter of his Boston Celtics debut against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Hayward landed awkwardly under the basket on an alley-oop attempt, collapsing immediately. He was taken off the court on a stretcher. Videos of the incident are making the rounds on social media. We are electing not to embed them directly because they are graphic. Here are the reactions of teammates and opponents following the incident.
These reactions to Gordon Hayward's injury tell you everything you need to know. pic.twitter.com/F3YzpUy03B— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) October 18, 2017
Cavaliers team captain LeBron James went to visit Hayward soon after, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com.
LeBron James just went into Cavs locker room where Gordon Hayward is receiving medical attention— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) October 18, 2017
The official pronouncement came soon after.
Boston forward Gordon Hayward has been diagnosed with a fractured left ankle tonight.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 18, 2017
The Celtics signed Hayward this summer. He spent his first seven seasons with the Utah Jazz. Hayward averaged 21.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season.